Joseph P. Donahue

Sports medicine surgeon, Orthopaedic surgeon, Shoulder surgeon

Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Donahue is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is fellowship trained and specializes in Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Donahue received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (NYC), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC), and the Alfred I. duPont Institute (DE), and went on to a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Stanford/SOAR Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Donahue’s interests include arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. He specializes in anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder instability, and rotator cuff tears. He has done research on both shoulder instability and rotator cuff tears and has developed new techniques and medical devices for rotator cuff and all soft tissue repairs. He has started and actively serves on the medical advisory board for several surgical device companies and continues to design new surgical devices for arthroscopic procedures. He has authored several device patents and journal articles.

Dr. Donahue has been a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, the California Orthopedic Association, The International Knee Society, the California Medical Association, and the Santa Clara Medical Society.

Dr. Donahue has served as the Program Director of the SOAR Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He has served as the Director of Santa Clara University’s Sports Medicine Program and the Head Team Physician for all of Santa Clara University’s athletic teams, a team physician for the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, the Stanford Athletic Department, and many other area collegiate and high school teams.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (2008)
  • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Orthopaedic Surgery (2004) NY
  • Board Certification, Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008)
  • Board Certification, Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)
  • Fellowship, Stanford/ SOAR, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery (2005)
  • Residency, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, University Hospital of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY (2004)
  • Residency, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, DE (2003)
  • Residency, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY (2001)
  • Internship, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, University Hospital of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY (2000)
  • Medical School, Medical School, NY (1999)
  • Undergraduate, Stanford University, Biological Sciences, CA (1993)

Awards & Memberships
  • AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum Recipient, NY (2004)
  • Chief Resident, St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital,University Hospital of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons,NY (2004-2005)
  • Marie Nercessian Memorial Award, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1999)
  • Research Grant, National Institute of Health, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY (1995-1999)
  • Research Grant, National Institute of Health,Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons,NY (1995-1999)
  • Resident’s Research Award, St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital,University Hospital of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons,NY (2003-2004)

Administrative Appointments
  • Consultant, San Francisco Giants (2011 - 2016)
  • Head Team Physician, San Jose Earthquakes (2019 - Present)
  • Head Team Physician All Sports, Santa Clara University (2005 - 2019)
  • Program Director, SOAR Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program (ACGME Accredited) (2005 - 2019)
  • Sports Medicine Program Director, Santa Clara University Musculoskeletal Medicine (2005 - 2019)
  • Team Physician, San Francisco 49ers (2004 - 2007)
  • Team Physician, DeAnza College (2004 - Present)
  • Team Physician, Foothill College (2004 - Present)
  • Team Physician, Menlo Atherton High School (2005 - Present)
  • Team Physician, Stanford Athletic Department (2019 - Present)


Practice Locations

Sports Medicine Clinic Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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(62 reviews)

Dr. Donohue is a Rock Star!🫶
I'm very happy with my choice of Dr. Donahue so far.
Dr. Donahue and his staff - Dr. Hunt and Erin - are outstanding.
Very engaging
After seeing two prior orthopedic doctors, I was pleased to see that Dr. Donahue diagnosed my condition without using a cookie cutter approach! He manipulated my knee, searching for the source of my pain. He compared my knee to the other. He asked questions during the session to further make a diagnosis. He is in my opinion, a 5 star doctor!
Friendly, great service
The care I received was wonderful. The 2 doctors I saw were very helpful and made me feel very comfortable.
This is the third surgery that Dr. Donahue has done on me: two rotator cuffs and one meniscus. He does a very good and professional job; I trust him.
On time. Very good explanation of my situation
on-time appointment, clear information, and clarifying update
Dr. Donohue is my version of a Rock Star!
Facilities and process were good; actual consultation was very short.
Dr. Donahue has an excellent bedside manner. Very informative and concise in his explanations. I have complete confidence in his advice and capabilities.
the clinic is very well organized. Everyone seems to know their job, and work hard to keep clients informed.
Timely and informative
A bit rushed, otherwise excellent.
He alloyed my worries about infection and recommended 3 things to do to improve my knee.
really pleased with the thoroughness and attentiveness of every person I interacted with.
Always on time, Dr. Donahue took the time to ask about my shoulder which he'd treated a couple of weeks ago, before addressing the knee
Dr. Donahue answered all my questions and offered various options for treatment.
Dr. Donohue is a rock star!
Dr. Donahue always exudes confidence in the medical evaluations and advice he gives.
I felt extremely rushed... Not the level of support I'm used to receiving at Stanford
Great Dr!
On time and through
Dr. Donahue was completely up to speed, thorough review of MRI and the results
The consultation lasted five minutes. Although had a possible diagnosis, he did not explained much.
I had no issues with Dr Donahue. It just I was expecting to see a knee surgeon. He notified right away that he wasn’t one. We drove a long and painful way to see the right dr. So I was disappointed with our visit. He told me what I already knew. All in all everyone was very friendly.
Both Drs were thorough and informative; there was a resident working with Dr. Donahue
I absolutely appreciate and like dr, D, He is an excellent care provider for me.
Dr. Donahue is definitely my type of Doc, someone who is fast and straight to the point. However, if there are patients who needs more time with the doc, I would recommend someone else.
Wonderful, competent, upbeat doctor. He puts the fluids in my knees with expertise and no pain.
The physician didn’t listen to my concerns, and I ended up having the same pain return the next day. I total, I think I was in the room with the physician that I made the appointment with for under a minute. Just an absolutely ridiculous way to treat patients. M
Allow good
Staff/Dr. Was nice & professional
An expert in his field. Kind, caring.
Everyone was super friendly, explained the wait time and explained everything well!
Dr Donahue and his staff were pleasant, caring and provided a treatment plan in place with my elbow pain.
The people are very helpful
thank you!
Really helpful and I felt that the Dr. and his staff really cared. Thank you!
Thank you
Dr. Donohue and his staff exude confidence and competence in giving their medical assessment and advice.
Very efficient.
Front desk to Dr all were very polite and professional
Dr. Donahue, Ruby and all staff are very professional, nice and accommodating.
Very direct, friendly communication. Took time to thoroughly explain next steps.
Patient visit report designates pain in Right knee rather than left knee. Does not give any indication of what the medical exam found. Dr. verbally suggested physical ther
The resident was nice, Dr. Donahue has very mediocre bedside manner
Dr Donahue is terrific and highly recommended
Overall, I have absolutely no hesitancy in recommending this care provider to others.
Absolutely, I would recommend Dr. Donahue to others! My daughter will be registering as a new patient at his office soon.
First time here and I will be back..
Physician assistant, Xray staff, and Dr. Donahue were all great!
Dr. Donahue speaks a little quickly for my hearing-compromised ears, but the visit went very well, and he explained things well.
I'm a repeat sports injury patient. Joe Donahue will always be my sports med. doc.
Dr Donahue and his resident were both very caring, interested and devoted their full attention to my problem.
Dr Donahue was very thorough in his examination of my shoulder pain and tooktime to answer my questions. He gave me recommendations for follow up and possible treatment options. He is an excellent physician.
Dr. Donahoe was great. I also like when the residents are able to participate in the visit.
Dr Donahue is a caring expert. I am thrilled to have him care for me.

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